Worse outcomes seen at rural critical-access hospitals

07/5/2011 | HealthDay News

U.S. researchers found that the 30-day mortality rates for patients who suffered heart attacks, congestive heart failure and pneumonia were higher among those treated at small, rural critical-access hospitals compared with those who sought care at other hospitals. The study in the Journal of the American Medical Association also noted that critical-access hospitals often lacked intensive care units, cardiac catheterization resources and electronic health records.

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